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Three arrested on suspicion of robbing famous boxer at gunpoint

The men are in police custody but yet to be charged

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The one-of-a-kind watch (credit: Met Police)
By Waltham Forest Echo 22 June 2022

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of robbing a famous boxer at gunpoint in High Road, Leyton.Three men have been arrested on suspicion of robbing a famous boxer at gunpoint in High Road, Leyton.

On the evening of Bank Holiday Monday, 18th April, world-famous boxer Amir Khan reported that his custom-made luxury watch, worth more than £70,000, was stolen.On the evening of Bank Holiday Monday, 18th April, world-famous boxer Amir Khan reported that his custom-made luxury watch, worth more than £70,000, was stolen.

Amir told police he was approached by two men while out with his wife, who threatened him with a gun to make him hand over the watch. No shots were fired.Amir told police he was approached by two men while out with his wife, who threatened him with a gun to make him hand over the watch. No shots were fired.

This morning, police arrested three men they suspect were involved in the crime, aged 34, 25 and 20. All three are now in police custody.This morning, police arrested three men they suspect were involved in the crime, aged 34, 25 and 20. All three are now in police custody.

Detective Sergeant Lee Warrington of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “Tackling robbery is a key priority for the Met and these arrests demonstrate our commitment to taking those intent on using violence, or the threat of violence, off of our streets.”Detective Sergeant Lee Warrington of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “Tackling robbery is a key priority for the Met and these arrests demonstrate our commitment to taking those intent on using violence, or the threat of violence, off of our streets.”

Describing the incident on Twitter at time, Amir wrote: "I crossed the road with [my wife] Faryal, luckily she was few steps behind me.Describing the incident on Twitter at time, Amir wrote: "I crossed the road with [my wife] Faryal, luckily she was few steps behind me.

"Two men ran to me, he asked for my watch whilst having a gun pointed in my face. The main thing is we’re both safe.”"Two men ran to me, he asked for my watch whilst having a gun pointed in my face. The main thing is we’re both safe.”